Chocolate Cupcakes

Try these simple cakes out with any mini-chefs in the household and have fun decorating with chocolate beans. They're perfect for birthday parties too!
Serves: 12
  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g Carnation Condensed Milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g buttery baking spread*
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • Frosting
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 55g buttery baking spread*, softened
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 2-3tbsp Carnation Condensed Milk
  • 2 boxes chocolate beans, to finish

You will also need...

12 hole muffin tin and cupcake or muffin cases
  • Very easy

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  • Prep time
    20 mins PT20M

    Cook time
    15 mins PT15M

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Each serving typically contains

  • Energy 1201kJ 286kcal 14%
  • Fat 11.9g 17%
  • Saturates 3.9g 20%
  • Sugars 32.9g 37%
  • Salt 0.54g 9%

of an adult's Reference Intake (RI)*
Energy per 100g: 1859kJ/443kcal
*Reference Intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal).
Portions should be adjusted for children of different ages.

Here's how easy it is...
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, (160°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.
  2. 2. Put the cupcake ingredients in a bowl and beat (use an electric hand mixer if you have one!) until light and creamy
  3. 3. Put the cupcake cases into the tin and spoon in the mixture. Bake for about 15-18 minutes until springy. Cool slightly then lift out onto
  4. 4. When cool, beat the icing sugar, cocoa powder, buttery baking spread and vanilla with enough condensed milk to make a thick icing. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Finish with a few mini chocolate beans!
  5. Look out for other fun ways to decorate your cakes – try edible glitter, sugar shapes or sprinkles.

    *recipe is based on 70% fat buttery baking spread.

Discussion Board

  • Jenny
    October 22, 2015
    My girls and I love making these cakes. We use various sweets for the topping.
  • Lou
    May 06, 2013
    My 12 year old daughter made these for us today! Absolutely delish and very easy ! Next we are going to try making banofee pie! Yum! x

    Carnation says:
    Hi Louise! Another budding baker in the making then! Hope you love the Banoffee Pie too!
  • Cooliagh
    March 27, 2013
    Very simple to make. Too much cocoa powder in the bun mixture - I would use half in future and the condensed milk in the icing makes it too sweet. Also use less cocoa in the icing.
  • Missy
    December 17, 2012
    I made this with my sister and they were great. Delicious treat. Especially the icing:)
  • Tanya_mack
    October 31, 2012
    Perfect for bake-a-cake day :) and so easy!
  • Steffers
    August 29, 2012
    Very simple to make and my family and friends enjoyed them with a cup of tea :D
  • MolaMoo
    June 24, 2012
    So easy to make, even with lots of little helpful fingers! We didn't get the icing quite right but it didn't spoil it too much!
  • denny
    June 24, 2012
    i have made these a few times and what a great sucess everybody from chilren to adults cant resist them what a great recipe


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